Buffalo Bill Centennial Symposium

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
December 15, 2016
Location: 
Wyoming, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Native American History / Studies, Public History

Buffalo Bill Centennial Symposium

Conference Dates: August 2-5, 2017

Conference Location: Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming

In both popular and scholarly consciousness, the life and times of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody have come to represent a key phase of the American past. From his early life through his various professional phases, including the decades of Wild West tours, the Buffalo Bill phenomenon reflects fundamental currents in American culture during the period from 1840 to 1920. Buffalo Bill’s narrative focuses scholarship of the American West on the relationship between material history and its popular mythologies. The 2017 centenary of William F. Cody’s death provides the occasion for scholars, both established and new, to reexamine his legacy and consider new directions in scholarship.


Paper proposals of approximately 300 words should be submitted along with a one-page CV to the following email by December 5th, 2016. Send to JeremyJ@centerofthewest.org


Papers should address Cody’s life and enterprises in the context of American Western Studies. Interdisciplinary approaches to topics, such as the following, are encouraged:
■ The Wild West exhibition and the global west
■ The popularization of frontier Western narratives and iconography in America and abroad
■ Representations of the American Indian in the Buffalo Bill mythology
■ The social and political uses of key western figures and tropes dramatized in the Wild West such
as the cowboy and cowgirl, the Indian Wars, and the pioneers
■ The lives and legacies of William F. Cody’s friends, associates, and employees
■ William F. Cody’s place in the settlement and development of the postbellum West
■ “Codyana” and 20th/21st century popular culture
■ The place of Cody Studies within current Western American historiography


The Buffalo Bill Centennial Symposium is sponsored by The Papers of William F. Cody at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Symposium papers will be considered for inclusion in a volume of essays to be published by University of Oklahoma Press.

Contact Info: 

Jeremy M. Johnston

Tate Endowed Chair and Curator of Western History

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

720 Sheridan Avenue

Cody, Wyoming 82414